Nigerian Pilot - Hope appears on the horizon for patients with Zika, dengue virus as cure and prevention of the dreaded diseases have been found. 

The cheering news, which is also for cancer patients was disclosed at the 4th annual clinical trial summit held in Abuja. 

The herbal drugs have been submitted to the federal government through the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu by a leading African herbal farmer and researcher, Ben Amodu. 

Presenting the herbal drugs to the minister at the summit with a theme, “Clinical research and public health emergency in Sub- Sharan Africa”, Pharmacist Amodu explained that the CD8 of a number of patients administered with the herbal drugs increased from 608 to 778 and 1,419 to 2,419. ‘This shows that it has strong activity against Ebola works” he noted. 

Profiling the clinical literature of the medicine, he disclosed that the efficacy of the drug’s prevention and cure of Denge, Ebola and Zika viruses have shown remarkable responses in animal experiments, adding that, the products have been sent to Singapore for further test at a p4 laboratory which is not available in the country. 

Further to the new herbal products currently on NAFADAC listing, which cure HIV AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, more researches, the Minister was told, on areas of Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTD, have been published by international organisation of scientific research under the journal of pharmacy and biological sciences IQSR-SPR5 May – June 2014, this paper learnt. 

Similarly for cancer patients, herbal drugs/ supplement in the Saabfat category and Saabmal which is listed by NAFDAC, indicates that it has been certified free and safe for human use, an indication which has also been corroborated by an American University which found its efficacy appropriate for the cure of cancer of the lungs, colon: cancer conditions generally especially, prostrate caner which is healed without recourse for surgery chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 

“The same medication also normalises uric acid level of the patient, for instance a patient that has his prostrate antigen of 12.4 came to 3.2 within 2 months” the herbal farmer admitted. 

Speaking earlier, the science and technology Minister, Dr. Onu, regretted why the country was still importing herbal drugs when it had unexploited rich biodiversity . 

He noted that with the current state of the economy, the country could benefit a lot from the herbal industry, which generates about $100billion yearly worldwide. 

“I am very disturbed that Nigerian imports all forms of herbal products from different parts of the world: if we exploit our rich biodiversity properly, we can meet our demands and those of others in the worlds” he added.

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